Firesetting Intervention Scheme 

If you are worried about a child or young person playing with fire or involved in Arson then the FIS team can help.

We offer 3 different programmes of work depending on your needs. For example if you are a parent or guardian worried about a child playing with matches or lighters at home we can make a home visit where we will talk to your child and show them the dangers of playing with lighters.

Or if you are a professional involved with a young person who has been either warned by Police for low level involvement in fire setting in the community or convicted for Arson then we have longer programmes which take place usually at the local Fire Station.

Our SAFE programme is a flexible programme, usually 4 sessions but can be more if needed and is tailored specifically to the needs of the young person, depending on what they have been doing, e.g. car fires, grass fires, property fires. There is also the possibility of visits to our control room or meeting the Fire Investigation team and the dogs. We also have 3 trained restorative justice practitioners on the team and have used these processes successfully in a in a number of cases.

The Cognitive Centre Foundation and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service designed our 10-session programme. It can be used in more serious cases and can be written into pre sentence reports.  It is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which aims to enhance the basic thinking skills of people who display anti social behaviour or who offend. 

It is a structured programme that aims to address impulsivity and consequential thinking along with problem solving, alternative thinking, decision making and victim empathy through a series of thinking skills games and exercises. Whilst the programme is designed to specifically address fire setting behaviour it is not ‘therapy’.

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Tel: 01443 232000


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